Alvise Vianello is an associate professor at the Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University, Denmark. His background is in analytical chemistry, and he works to develop and improve reliable and trustworthy analytical methods for quantifying microplastics in the environment. His research focuses on different matrices, such as wastewater, stormwater ponds, soils, sediments, freshwaters, marine waters, indoor air, biota, food, and human tissues. He aims to quantify the sources, occurrence, and fate of microplastics in the environment, including their chemical and biological breakdown, in order to understand the governing processes and propose mitigation technologies for microplastic pollution. Alvise actively conducts fieldwork, sampling microplastics in urban and remote areas, targeting both freshwater and marine water bodies. He has previously participated in research cruises in Kattegat-Skagerrak (DK), The Limfjord (DK), Bergen Fjord (NO), the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and the Barents Sea, as well as Greenland. This will be his first cruise in the Pacific Ocean, and he is excited and ready to join the scientific crew in shedding light on microplastic pollution in Panamanian waters.